Library Section Supervisor - Digitization and Collection Initiatives

Augusta, Maine, United States Full-time

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Maine State Library

Library Section Supervisor

Digitization and Collection Initiatives


JOB CODE:   3139    LOCATION: Augusta     PAY GRADE:  26 ($49,233.60 - $67,412.80)

OPEN:  September 3, 2019  

CLOSES September 23, 2019



The Maine State Library has a current vacancy for a full time Library Section Supervisor. This position will be based in Augusta, Maine.   Statewide travel may be required.


This position provides oversight of projects and staff relating to the Maine State Library’s efforts to manage and preserve its collections and make them more accessible to the people of Maine.  Reporting to the Director of Collection Development and Digital Initiatives, responsibilities include administering section operations, establishing section goals and objectives, directing staff activities, preparing work plans and reports, preparing and monitoring section budget, and providing technical librarian assistance.  Work is performed under limited supervision.


TYPICAL DUTIES FOR THIS POSITION (but are not limited to):

  • Managing the library’s role in the Maine Shared Collections Cooperative, a statewide initiative of nine library partners working to broaden collection access throughout the state.
  • Administering the library’s grant activities under the National Digital Newspaper Project to digitize and provide online access to over 100,000 pages of historical Maine newspapers.
  • Updating and implementing policies concerning collections development, materials preservation, and risk management.
  • Providing oversight of library cataloging activities.
  • Processing special collections and preparing and editing finding aids.
  • Advising and instructing special collections users on available resources.
  • Selecting and prioritizing materials for digitization as well researching and resolving intellectual property issues pertaining to targeted projects.
  • Developing metadata for digital collections and assisting with the management of the Maine State Library’s digital repository.
  • Serving as a liaison for Maine’s service hub to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)


KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED: (These are required to successfully perform the work assigned).

We are looking for someone with the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of Maine history and a passion for preserving and sharing the stories of Maine people and places.
  • Knowledge of library automation software and experience working with library resource sharing partnerships.
  • Knowledge of current trends and best practices in collection management, preservation and digitization.
  • Ability to manage staff, plan projects and balance competing priorities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to learn and troubleshoot new technology related to library collection management and digitization and train others.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and be flexible and creative in a changing environment.

 MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS(Entry level knowledges, skills, and/or abilities may be acquired through, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO the following coursework/training and/or experience):

Master’s in Library Science/Information Science and two (2) years of experience in professional library work including experience in the field of specialization, -OR- an acceptable equivalent combination of related experience and/or training in the required specialty. Preference will be given to candidates with a Master’s in Library Science/Information Science.




The value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement:  14.47% of salary for BU positions.  The value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly.  The value* of State-paid Health Insurance:


Level 1:  100% State Contribution (employee pays nothing):  $461.75 biweekly

Level 2:  95% State Contribution (employee pays 5%):  $438.66 biweekly

Level 3:  90% State Contribution (employee pays 10%):  $415.58 biweekly

Level 4:  85% State Contribution (employee pays 15%):  $392.49 biweekly


*The level of the actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on the employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program.